Mark Zuckerberg famously started Facebook in his dorm room. He's a geek who got lucky and today he is the CEO of a major corporation. Judging from his actions over the last year or so, I'm wondering if he's really suited to this job. He has little tact when speaking publicly. Even when he tries to smooth things over as he did recently in an OpEd Guest column in the Sunday Washington Post, he came off as arrogant.
Every Geek is Not Executive Material
Every geek that makes it big is not suited to the business world. Some make the transition, but in many cases, it's not a smooth one. Look at Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak. They created Apple Computer in the 70s, a couple of geeks in the proverbial garage, but they struggled as executives as the company grew. Jobs left the company in the mid-80s and returned in the late 90s where as a more mature corporate steward he lead the company to success.
Look at Google
This is also not without precedent in more modern times. Larry Page and Sergey Brin, who like Zuckerberg, came up with the idea for Google when they were students, recognized fairly early they needed the help of a seasoned executive to run the company. In 2001, just a few short years after they launched Google, they brought Eric Schmidt on board as CEO. They stepped into the background into lesser, but still important roles within the organization.
Is Zuckerberg the Man for the Job?
Zuckerberg doesn't seem prepared for a job of this immensity. Like Page and Brin (and Jobs), maybe it's time he stepped back, and put his company in the hands of a real business person because right now, Facebook is doing a great job of alienating its users. (It's worth noting that Apple faltered under the leadership of John Sculley, but returned to prominence after Jobs came back in the late 90s.)
Make no mistake, Facebook is still a very strong company with 100s of millions of users, but they are lead by a geek, rather than a business person, who doesn't seem to understand his role or how to move a company of this magnitude to the next level. It might be better for the company if he moved onto a new role, and let a real business leader take over for the next phase and be the face of the organization.